Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide this week
after his sexual encounter with another young man was broadcast online by his roommate via hidden webcam. Afterwards, Clementi probably started this thread at justusboys.com
[NSFWish ads] (screencaps here
) asking for help in coping with the incident. His last contact with the world was a Facebook status update reading simply: "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry."
Many thousands have acknowledged his passing on several different FB tribute pages
. Another page
cries out for the roommate, Dharun Ravi, and his accomplice Molly Wei, to be charged with more than just "invasion of privacy." Previously, related.
Cloture to force a vote on the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill has not been achieved.
DADT will stand. Chances are not better in a possibly more Republican Senate post-November, and the bill is unlikely to pass before then. Republican voters against cloture: Every single senator; Democratic voters against cloture: Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.
It gets better. Billy Lucas committed suicide
September 9th. Hate messages
have been left on his memorial page. Dan Savage was looking for a way to reach out to every gay kid in high school and tell them that they have something to live for, so he started another youtube channel
, encouraging submissions from those who have gotten through it. Dan has a well known sex advice column
She read from notes, stumbling occasionally, and did not so much lean on her metaphors as wrestle them to the floor and grind them underfoot; but they loved it anyway - all 15 minutes of it. She attacked everyone from the president on down, demanded stricter standards for America's service personnel, espoused an aggressive red-meat constitutionalism, and proposed a new policy which she summed up as "if you don't like it - go home."
The 2,000-strong crowd cheered wildly as she literally howled her frustration before leading them, fists pumping, in an anti-incumbent chant of "Go home!" A strange mix of patriotism and petulance, it was a rough kind of stump speech that hadn't been tested in a focus group or tried out on a campaign aide, and which was delivered with complete disregard for how it might play in the media.
Witness the startling political debut
of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, American citizen.
Queering the Guinness Book of World Records:
at 33 hours, Matty and Bobby have achieved the world's longest kiss.
Concerns for the safety
of Russian lgbt activist Nikolai Alexeyev
. "After passing passport control at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, Mr Alekseev’s boarding pass was cancelled and his luggage unloaded from the plane upon a request from Russian authorities. He was taken into custody around 19:00 MSD, and has not yet been released.
" Text messages stating that he was withdrawing his case before the ECHR
and seeking asylum in Belarus are believed to be fake
or coerced under torture.
Don’t just touch Paul Bellini – tattoo him on your arm!
That kooky writer from The Kids in the Hall
, Paul Bellini (NSFW blog
), developed cult infamy as a result of recurring appearances on that show wearing next to nothing but a bath towel. Who indeed can forget the subsequent Touch Paul Bellini contest
, in which one Rebecca Klatka of St. Petersburg won the right to do just that? (Video proof.
Inevitable Facebook group
.) A decade and a half later, Eric Cedrone of Buffalo takes the prize for Most Dedicated Fan of Man in Towel with his arm tattoo of Bellini in said towel, voided area used to advantage.
Microsoft Corp. and Xbox Live are apologizing
to a 26-year old gamer for suspending his Xbox Live account because of information in his profile.
The offending text? Fort Gay
, the town he lives in. [more inside]
has uploaded nearly 4000 videos to YouTube. Many of these are trailers for the documentaries they sell, but they have also posted hundreds of full-length videos. Most are for short documentarie, but there are a lot of features too. It's somewhat daunting to explore, but the playlists
are a good place to start, and so are the shows: Features
and Savouring Europe
, a European travelogue series. Here's a few interesting ones: Gastronauts
, about French culinary students working to make astronaut food more palatable, Demon Drummers
, about student Kodo drummers, India's Free Lunch
, about the effects of free school lunches on Indian society, The Twitter Revolution
, about YouTube and Twitter's role in the 2009 Iranian uprising, Europe's Black Hole
, about Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova, Small Town Boy
, about a gay male carnival queen in a small town in England, The Vertigo of Lists
, Umberto Eco talks about the ubiquity of lists in modern culture and Monsters from the Id
, about scientists in the science fiction films of the Fifties.
And then, from across the room, their sewn-on eyes meet.
Why do socks fall in love? (Single-link Flash video player. And it’s a park, not a room)
This is CTRL+W33D
it is a gay weirdness tumblr blog. It is NSFW.
In an unusual about-face
for such a public Conservative personality, Ann Coulter
(the "Right-Wing Judy Garland
") will be headlining an upcoming gathering of Gay Conservatives
called HOMOCON 2010
. Reaction on
of the aisle is mixed
, to put it charitably. [more inside]
With a ruling scheduled
today on Prop 8 — the California ballot measure that took away the right to marry from same-sex couples — Dave Fleischer has an in-depth analysis
of all of the polling data
on Prop 8, and his findings include some counter-intuitive numbers, like that the confusing wording actually ended up helping the No vote more than the Yes.
None On Record - Stories of Queer Africa.
After the brutal 2004 murder
of FannyAnn Eddy, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association
, native South African Selly Thiam decided to start recording the stories of African GLBTs
both on the continent and in the diaspora. The result is a growing oral document of "the hopes, struggles, challenges and joy of being a QLGBT African - in their own voices". [more inside]
Choice of Broadsides
is a choose-your-own-adventure game set in an alternate 19th Century world that is much like our own, where Albion and Gaul fight for naval supremacy. You can choose to be a gentleman in a standard patriarchal society, or a gentlewoman in a matriarchal one. Later on in the game you can choose your sexual orientation. Originally there were no options for a same-sex relationship, but after demands from players, it was added in
. Spoilers below the cut. [more inside]
features gay-friendly North American businesses who buy a day
to be featured with their own custom YouTube video, social media presence, and the opportunity for readers to win or obtain their products at a discount
. 10% of their profits go to a different LGBTQ organisation per quarter. Past businesses featured include travel companies
, cycling clothing
, and grooming products dedicated to gay people
Less than two weeks after a controversial paper came to light advocating the pre-natal treatment of some female fetuses with a hormone to make their behavior more stereotypically female (previously discussed here
) comes news of actual animal research on causing the opposite inclination. By knocking out the fucose mutarotase gene, scientists in South Korea have apparently created "Lesbian mice" who prefer other female mice and who resist the attempts of male mice to mate with them. Article abstract
, and coverage by The Telegraph
(NSFW) Don’t act gay when acting in gay porn?
Escort/exotic dancer Devon Hunter describes his experience signing up to “act” in gay porn for Sean Cody, a label specializing in young, trim, hairless guys. But hey – don’t act gay while you’re having gay sex! “ ‘So you guys don’t like gay guys, then?’ ‘No! No, it’s not that. It’s just that straight guys sell better.’ [...N]ow I was suddenly suspicious that I was being paired with [performer Fuller] so that I could be ‘the lucky gay guy’ to bottom for such a hot, straight stud.” It’s only one side of the story, of course, and manifestly NSFW.
's comprehensive archives allow us to see how the magazine's discussions of homosexuality
have evolved from pathologizing and stereotyping . . . to awkward attempts to view gays humanely while continuing to refer to their sexual orientation as a disease . . . to a gradual acceptance of gays as upstanding members of society who are struggling for equal rights. Articles from 1956, 1966, 1969, 1975, and 1979 inside. [more inside]
A nearly 25-year study
has concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted
and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers
. Results were published this month in Pediatrics
: the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (Abstract
. Free PDF
). [more inside]
Americans' Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold
- To try to figure out why, NYT columnist Charles M. Blow taps sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel and Professor Ritch Savin-Williams, who offer three hypotheses
as to what may have lead to the surprising changes and what remains of the gender disparity in attitudes. [more inside]
A Love Letter to a G.I. "This is in memory of an anniversary – the anniversary of October 27th, 1943, when I first heard you singing in North Africa. That song brings memories of the happiest times I’ve ever known."
The most romantic argument against Don't Ask, Don't Tell yet.
On Failing To Make Bad Porn
from Sex Worker Literati - Matthew Lawrence
talks about being a rent boy who never shaved or worked out and his camera-obsessed client. Audio NSFW.
Whoopsy! Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions!
Columbus, Ohio artist Paul “Paulypants
” Richmond paints lovingly detailed and luminous and saucy portraits of gay demicelebrities with their britches falling apart or otherwise depantsed or underclothed. As Richmond describes it
with the juice and vim of a ’50s tattler magazine, “It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of comical wardrobe malfuncions in early pin-up art. Those ladies couldn't even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down (or both!)” [more inside]
Diseased Pariah News
started in 1990 as "a patently offensive publication of, by, and for people with HIV disease (and their friends and loved ones). We are a forum for infected people to share their thoughts, feelings, art, writing and brownie recipes in an atmosphere free of teddy bears, magic rocks, and seronegative guilt." It ran for 11 issues over the next 9 years, 8 of which can be found here
. (NSFW, irritating interface) [more inside]
A kind of Hump Day manqué.
Travis Matthews started out directing semi-explicit, often naked video interviews
, shot in their own bedrooms, of the scruffy, impoverished, underexercised gay intellectuals who are a core readership of Butt
; before that
). Thus begat In Their Room (SFW)
, which “veers into the bedrooms of eight different men where you see them doing everything from the most banal to the most erotic.” Sounds like a smashing idea for a feature film in the “amateur porn” genre, does it not? After an open casting call for a guy willing to bottom
, whom he duly found
, Matthews has released a 20-minute trailer (definitely NSFW)
"When we found out Bobby Jay was gay, we was terrified we'd lose our beautiful home." Because having a gay child can be very expensive.
The 2010 United States Census will be able to count gay marriages and partnerships. George Takei and his husband tell you how
. Even with the restrictions placed on that data
by the Defense of Marriage Act, that's good news for the LGB part of the spectrum, but what about T
? If you're transgender, despite what the Census might tell you
, it's not so simple to be counted
. (hat tip to nadawi) [more inside]
[NSFWish] In this GlobalPost investigative report
, Prague correspondent Iva Skoch gained rare access to one of Eastern Europe’s most secretive industries, uncovering a world where shifting human sexuality meets rampant commercial demand..In this multimedia report, we examine the complex and interlocking pieces of Prague’s booming gay porn business, from its roots in an American entrepreneur, to the cultural, moral and political foundations that make Prague a gay porn capital, as well as the economic necessities that drive many into the industry, and finally, the human toll it takes on workers.
Straight Acting [57m] is a first-person documentary about one man's journey from Mormon missionary to comfortably gay rugby player. [more inside]
Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.
From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style.
), at age 81, has come out. He discusses the announcement in more detail on the JREF
podcast For Good Reason
The Florida Family Policy Council, a conservative Christian organization, sent out an alert to its members about judge’s ruling
to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a relative’s child that they had been fostering. It included an image that was purported to be of the couple
. It wasn't
. [more inside]
Confessions of a Call Bear
- "At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he's a pretty big guy, though he "carries it well." His red hair is cut in a flattop, and he has a closely cropped beard, but he doesn't look particularly imposing." Rusty McMann is a 40something male escort.